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House fire in Melbourne claims lives of four underage siblings

18:24, 21 November 2021
House fire in Melbourne claims lives of four underage siblings Photo: Sergey Lantuhov/NEWS.ru

Australian firefighters in Melbourne’s south east were summoned to an area to battle a house blaze which killed four children on Sunday.


The first firefighter hardware approached the house at around 1 am local time knowing that the structure was “fully alight.”

The rescuers couldn't help the family immediately as the house was fully engulfed with flames. Collapsing roof made the mission to save children impossible, according to Lieutenant of the Werribee Fire Brigade Damian Milloy.

Milloy reported the large extent of fire adding that rescuers had no chance to enter the house.

“We were presented with a house that was very well alight and fire had already broken through the roof and was already coming out the front door,” he said on Sunday morning.

The fire killed four children no older than 10 each, but other family members - mother, father and their eight-year-old child - were admitted to a hospital with smoke-related injuries.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ashley Ryan said the probe regarding the accident has been started and it is also to be clarified whether it was arson.